Michel's at the Colony Surf

4.5
2150 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
Come and experience French fine-dining cuisine at its best at Hawaii's premier ocean front restaurant, voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" on Oahu's Gold Coast.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner Reservation Times: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30PM
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Phone number
(808) 923-6552
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Eberhard Hardy Kintscher
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Private party facilities
We have several rooms we can use as private areas. It ranges from 12 - 150 people based on availability.
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Private party contact
Amber: (808) 728-3463
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Catering
The combination of food, service, ambiance and view make for an unforgettable event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kapahulu
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Parking details
Complimentary valet is offered and there is also free metered parking on street after 6:00pm.
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Entertainment
Nightly: Sunday - Thursday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Two time Grammy award winner Jeff Peterson calls Michel's home on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's when he is home in Hawaii.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2150 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic food and service!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

何と言ってもサンセットの変わり行く景色が素晴らしい‼️
ホノルルのディナーには欠かせないなぁと思いました。ありがとう。

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E
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu offers a good selection of food to choose from. The beachfront view is spectacular. Try to make it for the sunset!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Initial service for water and drinks was VERY slow, as was table service, taking over three hours to finish dinner, and the acoustics of the room make it difficult to hear. For the price, I expect more. Frankly, I was disappointed.

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D
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view. Excellent service. Superb table-side preparation of lobster bisque, caesar salad, steak diane and cherries jubilee. Live guitar music. No rush to vacate table.

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c
Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ocean view. Very romantic if it's sunset.
The food is great but thought it's a bit too pricey for this tastes.
Maybe I visited too many good restaurants back in CA....

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MB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very Nice spot i would have liked being offered a window seat and i discovered later they had plenty of them available. We were sat at the back. We ordered our lamb chops medium/well and we had to send them back because they arrived medium rare. Our waiter was professional but not very friendly.
We really enjoyed the food though. Just making a couple of points so they are aware of our experiance.

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DK
Phoenix
83 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything perfect ! Food and service over the top!
Parking excellent!

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EH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service & food- views just wonderful! Felt relaxed but special

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n
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Love this restaurant, we make a trip to Honolulu just to go here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

希望どおり窓際の席を用意していただき、素晴らしい夜景と美味しいお料理を楽しめました。長年ハワイを訪れていますが、こんなに素敵なレストランがあるなら、もっと早くから伺えば良かったです。ヒルトンの花火もキレイに見れて素敵な一日を過ごせました!

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Osaka
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dinner here to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
We really enjoy dinner here. Because They can accept my request that I share the dishes with my wife.

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p
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

天井から雨漏りするようなテーブルに案内され、席を替えるようお願いしてもヘラヘラ対応され、謝罪する素ぶりを見せることもなく気分を非常に害された。接客は数人まともな方がいらっしゃったが、全体的に質が低い。
オススメされたシャトーブリアンをいただいたが、金額には見合わず、さほどうまくもないので残した。
別の方の口コミにもあるように、海沿いの高級店を気取り、接客の質が低く、料理の金額が高いだけのお店のように感じた。
間違っても二度と行かない。

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j
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

評判通りの店。夕暮れにおとずれだが、段々暗くなるワイキキの海をみながらの料理は最高。雰囲気、サービス、料理ともに素晴らしく、おすすめ!

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B
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

改装中だったのが終わり、再オープンしてました。
経営がワタベウエディングに変わったせいか、以前よりメニューも
豊富になり、何より景色だけが優れていた店が味でも満足出来る店に変身していました。

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HM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant that’s been operating for decades. My uncle came here many times in 80-90’s. We are fortunate to be able to dine at sunset at this classy restaurant.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A little bit weak on allergy awareness. I asked if the pesto was made with pine nuts or were other nuts substituted. The answers
were, “there are no nuts” and “there are nuts”. We are too far down the line for any restaurant to be unsure of the concept of food allergies, especially a well established high end restaurant
such as this.

We also asked for a sweeter Kit and got the usual amount of cassis in the drink. Not a major fault but indicative of a lack of attention.

We have a fifty year relationship with this restaurant, having eaten there in 1968 on r&r from Vietnam. Last year we dined with
our children and grandchildren. Perhaps the fact that our meal was on a Saturday night with a full restaurant was part of the problem with the service.

The food was very good.

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b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the world. I never come to hawaii without dining here at least once. I once flew from California just to dine here

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The view were nice. But the food was horrible and the service was unprofessional.

景色はそこそこ良いです(目の前の小さなビーチに人や釣り人がいると台無しですが)。
料理は不味いです。価格に対してではなく、普通に残念なレベルです(ハワイだから仕方ないとも言えるけど)。
サービスは、受付は愛想もスキルもない人達で、ウェイター達もバイトみたいなスキルのない人達がせっせと動き回っています。テーブル前で料理してくれるけど、そのせいでビスクが焦げ臭かったり、横のテーブル担当者のお尻が顔の横に来たり、それでぶつかっても何も言わなかったり。あと、無駄にフランベしてるせいで、他のテーブルのお客さんが熱がってたり。
また、料理出てくるのが遅いです。客層もだらしない中年〜高齢のアメリカ人達がうるさくしています。フォークとナイフをガチャ音立てて遊んでるお爺さんがいてもスタッフは注意しません。
ここは決して高級店ではなく、ただの高いお店なので気になる方は注意してください。ビーチ沿いの高級フレンチってコンセプトを楽しむお店です。

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CP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was ok- they are skimpy on the lobster meat in their lobster bisque.
Atmosphere was a little loud (definitely not a romantic).
Service was basic to get you in and out until we were at dessert, where waited for 20-30 minutes for a server to take our order.

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J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

35 years of going there left us disappointed. Service was not informed or accurate. The guy should not be there. Food was well prepared. Soufflé was very late although ordered at the beginning and not worth the wait. Server error. Very rude table of 4 girls next to us who were drinking much more than eating. Loud and uncomfortable. View and ambience very nice. Each year this restraint gets further away from the 5 star restraunt it use to be.

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Phoenix
77 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is always excellent. However, on this visit the service was sub par for a restaurant of this quality. We waited maybe 15 minutes to be recognized, he disappeared for extensive times, seemed more concerned with snoozing than paying attention.

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Osaka
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

一年ぶりにみたら閉店されてましたが、店名変わっただけでほぼ同じでした。美味しさそのままでした

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very wonderful experience, from the service to the ambience, and the food. Everything was perfect!

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MR
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Recommended by a long-time friend, Michel's was a special restaurant. The food was "bar-none" outstanding. Each course was impeccably crafted and melted in your mouth. The Caesar Salad prepared table-side was beyond words delicious and the Cherries Jubilee ... poured over specially prepared orange skin was not only spectacular to the eye but amazing to the palate. Whenever we return to Waikiki we'll be certain that Michel's at the Colony Surf is on our Open Table Reservation List.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Food, wine, and the view. The lobster bisque was outstanding. The lamb and filet we're both equally outstanding. Go for the cherries jubilee - you won't regret it. The service was above and beyond. Would go back daily if it wouldn't break the bank.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

サンセットが最高だと思います。
暗くなると目の前のビーチは見えませんでした。が、薄暗いお店の雰囲気や遠くに見えるワイキキの夜景も綺麗でした。

全ての料理を二人でシェアすると伝えましたが、快く対応してくれました。

料理についてはロブスターのビスクは皆さんが言うように本当に絶品の逸品で、これまでハワイで食べた料理の中で一番感動しました。
アイスハーベストオブザシーは刺身盛り合わせです。醤油付いてきます。
ロブスターもほんとうにおいしかったです。

ホテル群からは少し遠くて少しお高いですが、ステーキハウスとは違った満足感を味わえます。
次ハワイに行くときも必ず行きたいと思うお店です。

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A dinner at Michel’s was a wonderful way to spend both a birthday and anniversary. Our server was absolutely outstanding. It was fun watching our tableside Caesar salad being made, and also one of the meat dishes flammed tableside. The special touches included a palate cleansing sorbet between courses and the warm napkins at the end. The food was very favorable and fun! Thank you, and please let our server know she made our evening! Our sunset view topped the evening!

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ET
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very attentive to food allergies and removed a plate that might have been cross contaminated. They were also very conscious of maintaining a peaceful atmosphere. A staff member quietly indicated to a mother with a crying baby to settle the child away from the eating area.
Michel’s had been recommended to us as a place to celebrate our 30th anniversary- would highly recommend it for special occasion celebrations.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Pretty much paying for the view.
Food was ok, service was horrible. A bug landed in my drink and hoped to get a new one, most high end restaurants would do that instantly. However, they asked if I wanted to purchase another drink.
Waiter was mostly busy with other customers. It was my husbands birthday, but the waiter just passed by with not much to say but slab a birthday plate on the table went off. I would say the sunset view was what you are paying for, but there are many other great restaurants with decent view and greater service.

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F
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for special occasions. Food is good, staff always attentive!

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice table by the window (booked months in advance) with a beautiful view of Waikiki Beach all lit up to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary and also 34 years of dining at here every time we visit Oahu.

Times have changed and so has Michel's. While still a very, very nice restaurant, the service style has (even though many dishes are still tableside) dropped a bit since the heydays of the 1980's and the 1990's. We even discovered that our favorite waiter (Jason) had just retired after over 30 years there. It is likely that the restaurant will continue to evolve as more of the "old-times" retire and the new/younger staff takes over.

The food is still very good and a good value for the gourmet experience. Only real bummer is $8.00 for coffee seems a bit pricey.

We were also told that the restaurant interiors would undergo a renovation sometime in 2019.

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GS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a dinner reservation @ 6:00. Talk about the view ! See the pic below. The Yuzu lemon drop was wonderful as was the food. Loved the seafood appetizer platter. The lamb chops were wonderful.

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k
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

料理、接客、景観、雰囲気の全てが素晴らしい。多くの人に自信を持って薦められるレストランです。
記念日やデートなどで利用すると、きっと一生の思い出となるでしょう。
私も周りの人に薦めます。
また、行きたいです。

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ハネムーンでオアフ島に行く際に友人にこちらのレストランを紹介してもらいました!
とても雰囲気が良くて美味しかったです!
サンセットがとても綺麗でした!

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h
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

初めて利用しました。日本人がとても多く混みすぎで騒がしかったです。窓側席をリクエストしてしまったせいで、とても狭い席に通され、前の人たちの背中を見ながら食事しました。こんな経験は初めてです。苦笑しました。
料理は美味しく、とてもリーズナブルで、コスパがいいため、こんなに激混みなんだと分かりました。

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excleent service, romantic atmosphere, would strongly recommend for anniversary events

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m
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server Cheoko was great , I probably
Misspelled her name , she noticed my
6 year old were cold , and she immediately
Without hesitation got them two shawls !

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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service, adaption for gluten free no problem and delicious food in an wonderful setting.

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